'X Factor' reject Storm Lee claimed today he was voted off because he was too “polished” – while the contestants who remain are “more amateur”.
The Edinburgh-born musician, 37, got the lowest number of viewer votes after his performance of Bruce Springsteen’s 'Born To Run' and was automatically eliminated from the contest alongside camp act Diva Fever.
Lee – who dyed his hair pink recently – said his mentor Louis Walsh’s efforts to change his image had “backfired”.
Asked why he was ousted, Lee said: “I don’t think it was really about my ability as much as really my place in that show; I think my experience and my professionalism.
“The truth of it is I wasn’t intimidated by Simon Cowell or by the show. It worked against me in that maybe I was just a bit too polished or a bit too ’I’ve been there, I’ve done it’, whereas some of the other contestants clearly are a lot more amateur.”
He continued: “They’re a bit less experienced and I think the public really want to feel invested in building a star and the show wants to feel they’re building something.
“For me, I was already quite defined. So I think Louis wanted to switch that and try and change it up for me and I just think it backfired.”
Lee, whose dramatic change of look has been criticised by the other judges, also claimed he was not given the opportunity to shine.
“Because of the nature of the show, and you’re dealing with a mentor who’s picking songs for you, who’s creating your look and you’re not really able to speak back,” he admitted.
“It’s live TV so there are moments when you’re able to speak and moments where you have to listen and for me, I’ve always been a bit too outspoken and I always like to be able to defend myself or certainly express the reasons behind what I was doing.
“I definitely felt that my mentor never really put any fire under me with his comments after I performed.”
He added: “I feel my instincts about doing the show were probably right. I didn’t feel like I was ever really going to be allowed to be me completely.”
But Lee, who “gave his best”, hinted he would use his 'X Factor' experience for future projects.
“I’m going to write some songs and focus on putting this into music, and trying to continue to inspire people to reach for something bigger and to not look at failure to be a deterrent from doing what you want to do,” he said.
Diva Fever were ejected from the show last night after a bid to save themselves with a rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s 'I Will Survive' but their fate was sealed when three of the judges opted to send them home.
Cowell saw his act exit the show when Cheryl Cole, Walsh and Dannii Minogue picked the duo to leave the contest.
Cowell said he took “full responsibility” for the duo’s departure after he made them perform Duck Sauce’s song 'Barbra Streisand' on Saturday night’s musical heroes-themed show.
Diva Fever said they had been worried about the choice because viewers may not have known it.
“Sometimes you are afraid to speak up because you think they might start thinking you’re a diva,” Joe Al-Smadi told ITV’s 'Daybreak'.
“But Simon had a vision for it and he said he thought we’d do really well with it.”
Craig Saggers, the other half of the act, added: “It’s not a particularly melodic song.
“We just got worried about it.”
There are now 12 competitors left in the show.